travis_yos2229215 wrote a review of Osprey Packs Stratos 24 Backpack - 1300-1700cu in on June 19, 2008
I have/use the Osprey Stratos 40 but needed a smaller bag for day hikes. I'm 6'1" 230 lbs, and it hard to find day packs that fit my large frame. I opted to get this bag due to it's torso length is the same. It holds everything I need for my day hikes. Including 2 bladders (if needed), my rain jacket, one extra layer, first aid, camera gear, all of my essentials, trekking poles and my ice axe (thanks to very thought out and convenient double ice tool loops. All of this is compressed down with a couple of straps. I can even run in this bag, and can hold my 32 lbs dog in the main compartment with his head hanging out when he gets too tired. The pockets built in to the belt are perfect for a odwalla bar, the point and shoot, energy gels, and my leatherman. It survived a lot of rain, but could still use a rain cover. The hydration tube has to go through 2 holes to get out of the bag from the main compartment, which is kind of a hassle. The straps are the most comfortable and stretchy water bottle pockets and the large pocket on the back are durable and haven't gotten stretched out. I use this bag all over the Rockies in Montana and it has performed well above average!